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  1. 1. a visitor’s guide to theVirginia Gener al Assembly 2012 EDITION
  2. 2. TABLE OF CONTENTSTHE GENERAL ASSEMBLY ..................................................... 3CAPITALS OF VIRGINIA .......................................................... 4CAPITOL RESTORATION AND EXTENSION .............................. 5CITIZEN PARTICIPATION ........................................................ 6LEGISLATIVE SESSIONS ........................................................ 7THE SENATE OF VIRGINIA ...................................................... 8 CONTACT INFORMATION ................................................... 9 COMMITTEE INFORMATION ............................................. 11 SEATING CHART ............................................................. 12HOW A BILL BECOMES A LAW IN VIRGINIA .......................... 14THE HOUSE OF DELEGATES ................................................ 16 CONTACT INFORMATION ................................................. 17 COMMITTEE INFORMATION ............................................. 20 SEATING CHART ............................................................. 22LEGISLATIVE TERMS ............................................................ 24
  3. 3. VIRGINIA GENERAL ASSEMBLY
  4. 4. 2012T HE G ENERAL A SSEMBLY The Virginia General Assembly dates from the establishment of the House of Burgesses at Jamestown in 1619. It is heralded by Virginians as the “oldest continuous law-making body in the New World.”The 1776 Virginia Constitution confirmed our bicameral legislature which consists of theSenate of Virginia and the House of Delegates. The present state Constitution, adopted in1970, provides that the Senate shall consist of 33 to 40 members and the House of Delegatesshall consist of 90 to 100 members. All members of the General Assembly are elected byqualified voters within their respective Senate and House districts. The terms of office are fouryears for members of the Senate and two years for members of the House of Delegates.Members may not hold any other public office during their term of office.The General Assembly meets annually, beginning on the second Wednesday in January, for60 days in even-numbered years and for 30 days in odd-numbered years, with an option toextend annual Sessions for a maximum of 30 days. The Governor may call a Special Sessionwhen it is deemed necessary or advisable, and must do so when petitioned by two-thirds ofthe members of both houses. A Reconvened Session is held on the sixth Wednesday afteradjournment of each Regular or Special Session for the purpose of considering theGovernor’s recommendations and vetoed legislation.The General Assembly’s chief responsibilities are to represent citizens in the formulation ofpublic policy, enact laws of the Commonwealth, approve the budget, levy taxes, elect judges,and confirm appointments by the Governor. 3
  5. 5. VIRGINIA GENERAL ASSEMBLYC APITALS OF V IRGINIAJAMESTOWN 1607 – 1699Although four public buildings and a private residence are historically identifiedas onetime seats of the colonial government, none is portrayed in any knowncontemporaneous picture, etching or painting. The third state house, built about1665, was burned in 1676 during Bacon’s Rebellion.WILLIAMSBURG 1699 – 1780The restored Capitol at Williamsburg, rebuilt on its original foundations, marks greatevents in Virginia and American history – the introduction of Virginia’s Declaration ofRights, Patrick Henry’s Stamp Act speech, the lowering of the British flag in favor of thatof the American colonies, and other stirring colonial and Revolutionary actions.RICHMOND 1780 – PRESENTThe central section of the Virginia State Capitol, at Richmond, was designed by ThomasJefferson after the Maison Carrée at Nîmes, France, when Jefferson was Minister toFrance. The cornerstone was laid in 1785 and the building was sufficiently completed foroccupancy in 1788. Here meets the oldest representative legislative assembly in the newworld – an assembly which met first at Jamestown in 1619 and later at Williamsburg whenit was the Colonial Capital of Virginia. The Congress of the Confederate States of Americamet here during the War Between the States. In the Rotunda is the famous Houdon statueof George Washington, life-size, the only statue for which the First President posed.Surrounding that statue are busts of the other seven Virginia-born Presidents: ThomasJefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, ZacharyTaylor, and Woodrow Wilson. There is also a bust of the Marquis de Lafayette, Virginia’sfirst honorary citizen.4
  6. 6. 2012C APITOL R ESTORATION AND E XTENSIONIn 2004, the General Assembly and Governor Mark Warner acted on the need to restoreand preserve the Virginia Capitol and to bring it up to 21st-century standards for aworking seat of government. Problems of moisture penetration, outdated electrical andplumbing systems (some of them 100 years old), and insufficient space were addressedin a comprehensive plan laid out by George Skarmeas of Hillier Architecture ofPhiladelphia. In addition, an underground extension beneath the Capitol’s South Lawnwas designed to provide additional work areas and a visitors’ center.Two significant surprises came to light during the Capitol’s restoration. Decorative walland ceiling paintings done in 1908 by commercial Richmond painter R. L. Peters werediscovered under 24 layers of paint. Some of this work was still intact in the Capitol’sRotunda, but most of the paintings in the House Chamber and Senate Chamber hadbeen covered over by the 1930s. Restoring the Rotunda’s decorative panels withoutdamaging the early 20th-century fabric proved impossible. Instead, the decorative detailswere encapsulated in place, and reproductions were superimposed over them.The Capitol’s original interior woodwork was long thought to have been replaced duringits renovations of 1904-06. Working drawings of the renovations were discovered in 2002,and they showed that architect John Kevan Peebles specified that much of the originalwoodwork be saved and re-installed. Further investigation indicated that sections ofwoodwork in the Rotunda area had never been removed and have remained undisturbedsince the late eighteenth century. Restoration and documentation of the woodwork werefunded by a private Richmond foundation.By re-installing the Capitol’s decorative finishes and conserving its 18th-century wood-work, the completed Capitol now appears, inside and out, much as it did 100 years ago.The Capitol remains the working seat of Virginia’s government, and it now has state-of-the-art facilities to welcome visitors to Thomas Jefferson’s temple to democracy. 5
  7. 7. VIRGINIA GENERAL ASSEMBLYC ITIZEN P ARTICIPATIONThe election of the members of the Virginia General Assembly is the responsibility of thecitizens of Commonwealth. It is incumbent upon citizens to register to vote, research theissues and the candidates, and exercise their right to vote on Election Day. In addition, thecitizens are responsible for being active in the legislative process of government beyondthe polls.During the General Assembly session, Senators and Delegates can be reached at theiroffices on Capitol Square. When the General Assembly is not in session, legislatorsshould be contacted in their district offices.Familiarize yourself with “How a Bill Becomes a Law” located in this publication. A basicunderstanding of the legislative process will help you effectively express your ideas. Visitthe Legislative Information System (http://leg1.state.va.us/) to track legislation and reviewcommittee agendas prior to a meeting.Contact your Senator or Delegate before the General Assembly takes action on aparticular issue. Express your views by testifying before a legislative hearing conductedby a standing committee or interim study group. You can also voice your opinion bytelephone, letter or e-mail.Remember, every vote counts. You can initiate change; your vote and voice can makea difference!6
  8. 8. 2012L EGISLATIVE S ESSIONSREGULAR SESSIONThe General Assembly meets annually, beginning on the second Wednesday in January,for 60 days in even-numbered years and for 30 days in odd-numbered years, with anoption to extend annual sessions for a maximum of 30 days.SPECIAL SESSIONSThe Governor may call a special session when it is deemed necessary or advisable, andmust do so when petitioned by two-thirds of the members of both houses.RECONVENED SESSIONSA reconvened session is held on the sixth Wednesday after adjournment of eachregular or special session for the purpose of considering governors recommendationsand vetoed legislation.REGULAR SESSION DATESJanuary 11 – March 10, 2012January 9 – February 23, 2013January 8 – March 8, 2014January 14 – February 28, 2015January 13 – March 12, 2016January 11 – February 25, 2017January 10 – March 17, 2018January 9 – March 2, 2019January 8 – March 14, 2020 7
  9. 9. VIRGINIA GENERAL ASSEMBLY O FFICERS OF THE S ENATE OF V IRGINIA WALTER A. STOSCH , President Pro Tempore THOMAS K. NORMENT, JR ., Republican Leader RICHARD L. SASLAW , Democratic Leader SUSAN CLARKE SCHAAR , Clerk of the SenateThe Senate of Virginia consists of 40 members. Each member is elected for a term offour years and receives an annual salary of $18,000. A Senator represents approximately176,000 citizens of the Commonwealth. The membership of the Senate is composed ofattorneys, business owners and executives, a CPA, a physician and a health planner.Presently there are 20 Democrats and 20 Republicans. In addition, seven women aremembers of the Senate.The Lieutenant Governor is the presiding officer of the Senate and is elected in a state-wide election for a four-year term. In the event of his absence, the President pro temporecarries out the duties of the presiding officer. The President pro tempore is elected by theSenate for a term of four years.The Clerk of the Senate is elected by the Senate for a four-year term. In addition toreferring bills and resolutions to committees, the Clerk’s duties include overseeing thedaily operations of the Senate, keeping the daily Journal, maintaining Senate records,and supervising facilities management, personnel, information systems, and supportservices.8
  10. 10. 2012 Revised January 6, 2012 2012 SENATORS TELEPHONE and OFFICE NUMBERS GENERAL ASSEMBLY BUILDING District Office No. Name Telephone 39 316 Barker, George L. 698-7539 13 308 Black, Richard H. 698-7513 14 327 Blevins, Harry B. 698-7514 40 312 Carrico, Charles W., Sr. 698-7540 29 326 Colgan, Charles J. 698-7529 25 430 Deeds, R. Creigh 698-7525 30 318 Ebbin, Adam P. 698-7530 21 301 Edwards, John S. 698-7521 31 322 Favola, Barbara A. 698-7531 22 323 Garrett, Thomas A., Jr. 698-7522 24 431 Hanger, Emmett W., Jr. 698-7524 33 329 Herring, Mark R. 698-7533 32 321 Howell, Janet D. 698-7532 2 427 Locke, Mamie E. 698-7502 18 426 Lucas, L. Louise 698-7518 37 307 Marsden, David W. 698-7537 16 432 Marsh, Henry L., III 698-7516 11 311 Martin, Stephen H. 698-7511 4 314 McDougle, Ryan T. 698-7504 9 428 McEachin, A. Donald 698-7509 8 310 McWaters, Jeffrey L. 698-7508 1 306 Miller, John C. 698-7501 5 315 Miller, Yvonne B. 698-7505 23 304 Newman, Stephen D. 698-7523 3 621 Norment, Thomas K., Jr. 698-7503 6 302 Northam, Ralph S. 698-7506 26 429 Obenshain, Mark D. 698-7526 34 317 Petersen, J. Chapman 698-7534 38 330 Puckett, Phillip P. 698-7538 36 332 Puller, Linda T. 698-7536 17 320 Reeves, Bryce E. 698-7517 15 328 Ruff, Frank M., Jr. 698-7515 35 613 Saslaw, Richard L. 698-7535 19 319 Smith, Ralph K. 698-7519 20 313 Stanley, William M., Jr. 698-7520 12 626 Stosch, Walter A. 698-7512 28 305 Stuart, Richard H. 698-7528 27 309 Vogel, Jill Holtzman 698-7527 7 303 Wagner, Frank W. 698-7507 10 331 Watkins, John C. 698-7510 Mailing Address for Members During Session Only General Assembly Building Richmond, Virginia 23219Please visit the General Assembly website, http://legis.virginia.gov, for revised lists. 9
  11. 11. VIRGINIA GENERAL ASSEMBLY Revised January 6, 2012 2012 SENATE OF VIRGINIA BILL BOLLING, LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR (804) 786-2078 SUSAN CLARKE SCHAAR, CLERK (804) 698-7400 Regular Session Convenes Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - Adjourns Saturday, March 10, 2012 (Mailing address for members during Session: Senate of Virginia, P. O. Box 396, Richmond, Virginia 23218) DISTRICT NAME MAILING ADDRESS TELEPHONE FAX NUMBER District 39 Barker, George L. (D) P.O. Box 10527, Alexandria 22310 (703) 303-1426 --------------------- 13 Black, Richard H. (R) P.O. Box 650370, Sterling 20165 (703) 406-2951 --------------------- 14 Blevins, Harry B. (R) P.O. Box 16207, Chesapeake 23328 (757) 546-2435 (757) 546-7346 40 Carrico, Charles W., Sr. (R) P.O. Box 1100, Galax 24333 (276) 236-0098 --------------------- 29 Colgan, Charles J. (D) 10660 Aviation Lane, Manassas 20110-2701 (703) 368-0300 (703) 257-2856 25 Deeds, R. Creigh (D) P.O. Box 5462, Charlottesville 22905-5462 (434) 296-5491 (434) 296-5949 P.O. Drawer D, Hot Springs 24445 (540) 839-2473 (540) 839-6306 30 Ebbin, Adam P. (D) P.O. Box 26415, Alexandria 22313 (571) 384-8957 -------------------- 21 Edwards, John S. (D) P.O. Box 1179, Roanoke 24006-1179 (540) 985-8690 (540) 345-9950 31 Favola, Barbara A. (D) 2319 18th Street North, Arlington 22201-3506 (703) 835-4845 --------------------- 22 Garrett, Thomas A., Jr., (R) P.O. Box 33, Bumpass 23024 24 Hanger, Emmett W., Jr. (R) P.O. Box 2, Mount Solon 22843-0002 (540) 885-6898 (540) 885-6777 33 Herring, Mark R. (D) P.O. Box 6246, Leesburg 20178 (703) 729-3300 (703) 669-9091 32 Howell, Janet D. (D) P.O. Box 2608, Reston 20195-0608 (703) 709-8283 (703) 435-1995 2 Locke, Mamie E. (D) P.O. Box 9048, Hampton 23670 (757) 825-5880 (757) 825-7327 18 Lucas, L. Louise (D) P.O. Box 700, Portsmouth 23705-0700 (757) 397-8209 (757) 966-9671 37 Marsden, David W. (D) P.O. Box 10889, Burke 22009 (571) 249-3037 --------------------- 16 Marsh, Henry L., III (D) 422 East Franklin St., Suite 301, Richmond 23219 (804) 648-9073 (804) 648-2116 11 Martin, Stephen H. (R) P.O. Box 700, Chesterfield 23832 (804) 674-0242 (804) 674-7241 4 McDougle, Ryan T. (R) P.O. Box 187, Mechanicsville 23111 (804) 730-1026 (804) 730-1051 9 McEachin, A. Donald (D) 4719 Nine Mile Road, Richmond 23223 (804) 226-4111 (804) 226-8888 8 McWaters, Jeffrey L. (R) 1207 Laskin Road, Virginia Beach 23451 (757) 965-3700 --------------------- 1 Miller, John C. (D) P.O. Box 6113, Newport News 23606 (757) 595-1100 (757) 595-1106 5 Miller, Yvonne B. (D) P.O. Box 452, Norfolk 23501 (757) 627-4212 (757) 627-7203 23 Newman, Stephen D. (R) P.O. Box 480, Forest 24551 (434) 385-1065 (434) 485-8111 3 Norment, Thomas K., Jr. (R) P.O. Box 6205, Williamsburg 23188 (757) 259-7810 (757) 259-7812 6 Northam, Ralph S. (D) P.O. Box 9363, Norfolk 23505 (757) 818-5172 (757) 668-9981 26 Obenshain, Mark D. (R) P.O. Box 555, Harrisonburg 22803 (540) 437-1451 (540) 437-3101 34 Petersen, J. Chapman (D) P.O. Box 1066, Fairfax 22038 (703) 349-3361 (800) 635-9417 38 Puckett, Phillip P. (D) P.O. Box 924, Tazewell 24651-0924 (276) 979-8181 (276) 979-8383 36 Puller, Linda T. (D) P.O. Box 73, Mount Vernon 22121-0073 (703) 765-1150 (703) 765-9243 17 Reeves, Bryce E. (R) 10151 Southpoint Parkway, Fredericksburg 22407 (540) 891-5473 --------------------- 15 Ruff, Frank M., Jr. (R) P.O. Box 332, Clarksville 23927 (434) 374-5129 (434) 955-2224 35 Saslaw, Richard L. (D) P.O. Box 1856, Springfield 22151-0856 (703) 978-0200 (703) 978-3032 19 Smith, Ralph K. (R) P.O. Box 91, Roanoke 24002 (540) 206-3597 (540) 206-3597 20 Stanley, William M., Jr. (R) 13508 Booker T Washington Highway, Moneta 24121 (540) 721-6028 (540) 721-6405 12 Stosch, Walter A. (R) Innsbrook Centre, 4551 Cox Road, Suite 110 Glen Allen 23060-6740 (804) 527-7780 --------------------- 28 Stuart, Richard H. (R) P.O. Box 1146, Montross 22520 (804) 493-8892 (804) 493-8897 27 Vogel, Jill Holtzman (R) 117 E. Piccadilly St., Suite 100-B, Winchester 22601 (540) 662-4551 (540) 341-8809 7 Wagner, Frank W. (R) P.O. Box 68008, Virginia Beach 23471 (757) 671-2250 (757) 244-7866 10 Watkins, John C. (R) P.O. Box 159, Midlothian 23113-0159 (804) 379-2063 (804) 794-7238 Please visit the General Assembly website, http://legis.virginia.gov, for revised lists.10
  12. 12. 2012 2012 SESSION—SENATE COMMITTEES TIME AND PLACE OF MEETINGS RULES Senate Room A Upon Call of the Chair SENATORS MCDOUGLE, Chair HANGER WAGNER COLGAN LUCAS STOSCH NEWMAN OBENSHAIN SASLAW VOGEL NORMENT WATKINS SMITH HOWELL MARTIN RUFF SUSAN CLARKE SCHAAR, Clerk of the Senate, and HOBIE LEHMAN SENATE STANDING COMMITTEES ALL COMMITTEES WILL MEET IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY BUILDING UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTIFIED MONDAY WEDNESDAY COURTS OF JUSTICE COURTS OF JUSTICE Senate Room B Senate Room B 8:00 a.m. 1/2 hour after adjournment SENATORS SENATORS NORMENT, Chair EDWARDS STUART NORMENT, Chair EDWARDS STUART SASLAW PULLER VOGEL SASLAW PULLER VOGEL MARSH OBENSHAIN STANLEY MARSH OBENSHAIN STANLEY HOWELL MCDOUGLE REEVES HOWELL MCDOUGLE REEVES LUCAS MCEACHIN GARRETT LUCAS MCEACHIN GARRETT Clerks: ANGI MURPHY and CHERYL LAW Clerks: ANGI MURPHY and CHERYL LAW GENERAL LAWS AND TECHNOLOGY TRANSPORTATION Senate Room A Senate Room A 45 minutes after adjournment 1/2 hour after adjournment SENATORS SENATORS RUFF, Chair HERRING BLACK NEWMAN, Chair WAGNER MARSDEN COLGAN PETERSEN REEVES MILLER, Y.B. BLEVINS MCWATERS STOSCH BARKER GARRETT MARSH DEEDS COLGAN MARTIN VOGEL DEEDS WATKINS MCDOUGLE CARRICO LOCKE STUART EBBIN PUCKETT SMITH FAVOLA Clerks: MICHAEL ADAMS and JOCELYN LANCE Clerks: NICK GALVIN and BONNIE SHELHORSE COMMERCE AND LABOR Senate Room B 1/2 hour after adjournment THURSDAY SENATORS WATKINS, Chair EDWARDS MARTIN EDUCATION AND HEALTH Senate Room B COLGAN WAGNER OBENSHAIN 8:30 a.m. SASLAW NEWMAN STUART SENATORS MILLER, Y.B. PUCKETT MCWATERS MARTIN, Chair BLEVINS SMITH NORMENT HERRING STANLEY SASLAW LOCKE MCWATERS STOSCH LUCAS BARKER BLACK Clerks: HOBIE LEHMAN and BONNIE SHELHORSE HOWELL NORTHAM CARRICO NEWMAN MILLER, J.C. GARRETT TUESDAY Clerks: PATTY LUNG and JOCELYN LANCE FINANCE AGRICULTURE, CONSERVATION AND NATURAL RESOURCES Senate Room B Senate Room B 9:00 a.m. 1/2 hour after adjournment SENATORS SENATORS STOSCH, Chair HANGER NEWMAN HANGER, Chair OBENSHAIN MARSDEN COLGAN WATKINS RUFF WATKINS MCEACHIN STANLEY HOWELL MILLER, Y.B. WAGNER PUCKETT PETERSEN BLACK SASLAW MARSH MCDOUGLE RUFF NORTHAM MILLER, J.C. NORMENT LUCAS VOGEL BLEVINS STUART EBBIN Clerks: PATTY LUNG and RAY FERGUSON Clerks: NICK GALVIN and JOCELYN LANCE LOCAL GOVERNMENT FINANCE Senate Room B Senate Room B 1/2 hour after adjournment 4:30 p.m., Upon Call of the Chair SENATORS SENATORS SMITH, Chair PULLER STANLEY STOSCH, Chair HANGER NEWMAN MARSH RUFF BLEVINS COLGAN WATKINS RUFF LUCAS HERRING MILLER, J.C. HOWELL MILLER, Y.B. WAGNER MARTIN LOCKE EBBIN SASLAW MARSH MCDOUGLE HANGER MARSDEN FAVOLA NORMENT LUCAS VOGEL Clerks: ANGI MURPHY and CHERYL LAW Clerks: PATTY LUNG and RAY FERGUSON PRIVILEGES AND ELECTIONS Senate Room A 4:00 p.m. FRIDAY SENATORS REHABILITATION AND SOCIAL SERVICES OBENSHAIN, Chair EDWARDS VOGEL Senate Room B HOWELL MCEACHIN MCWATERS 8:30 a.m. SENATORS MARTIN PETERSEN CARRICO WAGNER, Chair MCDOUGLE CARRICO DEEDS SMITH REEVES MILLER, Y.B. HERRING REEVES PUCKETT NORTHAM GARRETT PULLER BARKER FAVOLA Clerks: HOBIE LEHMAN and BONNIE SHELHORSE HANGER NORTHAM NORMENT LOCKE BLACK STOSCH WEDNESDAY Clerks: MARYANN HORCH and MARIBETH TURNER FINANCE PUBLIC HEARINGS AND EXTRA MEETINGS WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN Senate Room B THE SENATE CALENDAR PUBLISHED EACH SESSION DAY 9:00 a.m. SENATORS Individuals requiring interpreter services or other accommodations, please call (804) STOSCH, Chair HANGER NEWMAN 698-7450 (text callers use VRC at 1-800-828-1120) or TDD # (804) 698-7419 or write to: COLGAN WATKINS RUFF Senate Committee Operations, P.O. Box 396, Richmond, VA 23218. State the type of accom- HOWELL MILLER, Y.B. WAGNER modation and the meeting for which services are required. Requests should be made at least SASLAW MARSH MCDOUGLE 5 working days in advance. NORMENT LUCAS VOGEL SUSAN CLARKE SCHAAR Clerk of the Senate Clerks: PATTY LUNG and RAY FERGUSON REV. 1/23/12 9:14 AM THPPlease visit the General Assembly website, http://legis.virginia.gov, for revised lists. 11
  13. 13. VIRGINIA GENERAL ASSEMBLYT HE S ENATE OF V IRGINIA S EATING C HARTMEMBER NAME SEAT NUMBER MEMBER NAME SEAT NUMBERGeorge L. Barker .......................19 Jeffrey L. McWaters .................. 40Richard H. Black ....................... 36 John C. Miller .............................. 2Harry B. Blevins ........................ 33 Yvonne B. Miller .......................... 6Charles W. Carrico, Sr. .............. 14 Stephen D. Newman ................. 30Charles J. Colgan .................... 28 Thomas K. Norment, Jr. ............. 29R. Creigh Deeds ....................... 22 Ralph S. Northam........................ 3Adam P. Ebbin ...........................17 Mark D. Obenshain ................... 34John S. Edwards ....................... 25 J. Chapman Petersen ................ 21Barbara A. Favola ....................... 1 Phillip P. Puckett ....................... 24Thomas A. Garrett, Jr. ............... 16 Linda T. Puller ........................... 23Emmett W. Hanger, Jr. .............. 10 Bryce E. Reeves ....................... 15Mark R. Herring ......................... 4 Frank M. Ruff, Jr. ...................... 32Janet D. Howell ........................... 7 Richard L. Saslaw ....................... 8Mamie E. Locke .......................... 5 Ralph K. Smith .......................... 35L. Louise Lucas ......................... 26 William M. Stanley, Jr. ............... 39David W. Marsden ..................... 18 Walter A. Stosch ......................... 9Henry L. Marsh, III .................... 27 Richard H. Stuart ...................... 13Stephen H. Martin ..................... 31 Jill Holtzman Vogel .................... 37Ryan T. McDougle ..................... 38 Frank W. Wagner ...................... 12A. Donald McEachin .................. 20 John C. Watkins ........................ 1112
  14. 14. 132012 28 29 27 30 31 26 25 32 24 33 23 34 8 9 7 10 22 6 11 35 21 5 12 36 Press Press 20 4 13 37 Chief Deputy Calendar 3 Clerk 14 19 Clerk Clerk 38 Legal Deputy 18 2 Clerk Counsel 15 39 President 17 1 16 40 Pages Pages
  15. 15. VIRGINIA GENERAL ASSEMBLYH OW A B ILL B ECOMES A L AW IN V IRGINIAThe following steps depict the procedure whereby a non-controversial billbecomes a law. Bills may originate in either house of the General Assembly.w 1 A Senator or Delegate has an idea 5 SECOND READING for legislation or receives requests for The next day the bill title is placed in legislation from constituents, state the printed calendar. The Clerk reads agencies, organizations or the business the title of the bill a second time. A bill community. on second reading is amendable. A bill that has passed second reading with or without an amendment is engrossed. If 2 an amendment is adopted, the bill is He or she presents the idea to reprinted in its final form for passage. the Division of Legislative Services and requests that it be drafted into a bill. The bill is signed by the patron, introduced, and printed. 6 THIRD READING The next day, the engrossed bill title is placed in the calendar. The title is 3 The bill is referred to an read a third time by the Clerk. By appropriate committee. The members recorded vote, the bill passes or is of the committee consider the bill and defeated. decide what action to take. The public is given an opportunity to address the committee regarding the bill. 7 COMMUNICATION When passed, the bill is sent to the other body for its consideration. 4 FIRST READING The bill title is printed in the calendar or is read by the Clerk, and the bill advances to second reading.14
  16. 16. 20128 IN THE OTHER BODY 11 GOVERNORThe bill goes through essentially the The bill is then sent to the Governor forsame procedure as it did in the house his approval. After being signed by theof origin. The bill title is printed in the Governor, the bill is sent to the Clerk ofCalendar or is read by the Clerk. The bill the House (Keeper of the Rolls of the Commonwealth) and is assigned a chapteris referred to a standing committee, number. All chapters of a session areconsidered, and reported by the compiled and bound as the Acts of Assembly.committee. The title is read a secondand a third time before passage. 12 Bills that become law at a regular9 session (or the reconvened session that COMMITTEE OF CONFERENCE follows) are effective the first day of JulyIf the House amends a Senate bill, or following adjournment of the regularthe Senate amends a House bill, and session unless otherwise specified.the house of origin disagrees with theamendment, a Committee ofConference, usually three members fromeach legislative body, may be formed to 13 Bills enacted at a Special Sessionresolve differences. (Reconvened Session) are effective the first day of the fourth month following the adjournment of the Special Session, unless another date is specified.10 ENROLLMENT After being passed by both houses of the General Assembly, the bill is 14 The General Appropriations Act printed as an enrolled bill, examined, is usually effective July 1st and and signed by the presiding officer Emergency Acts become effective of each chamber. when signed by the Governor. 15
  17. 17. VIRGINIA GENERAL ASSEMBLY T HE H OUSE OF D ELEGATES WILLIAM J. HOWELL , Speaker M. KIRKLAND COX , Majority Leader DAVID J. TOSCANO , Minority Leader G. PAUL NARDO , Clerk of the House of DelegatesThe House of Delegates consists of 100 members. Each member representsapproximately 71,000 citizens. The House membership primarily consists of attorneys,business executives, educators, and farmers. The term of office for a member of theHouse of Delegates is two years. Each member receives an annual salary of $17,640.The Speaker of the House is the presiding officer of the House and is elected by theHouse in even-numbered years for a two-year term. The Speaker’s duties are dictated bythe Rules of the House. Among these duties are the assigning of bills to committee andappointing the membership of the 14 House standing committees.The Clerk of the House is elected by the House in even-numbered years and continues inoffice until another is chosen. The Clerk is responsible for the administration of the Houseunder the direction of the Speaker.The current political makeup of the House consists of 67 Republicans, 32 Democrats,and 1 Independent.16
  18. 18. 2012 2012 VIRGINIA HOUSE OF DELEGATES William J. Howell, Speaker (804) 698-1028 G. Paul Nardo, Clerk (804) 698-1619Mailing address for members during Session: House of Delegates, P.O. Box 406, Richmond, Virginia 23218Member Name Party District Mailing Address District Office Home Phone PhoneAlbo, David B. R 42nd 6367 Rolling Mill Place, Suite 102, Springfield, (703) 451-3555 (703) 690-5065 VA 22152Alexander, Kenneth C. D 89th 7246 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23505 (757) 223-1333 (757) 333-4579Anderson, Richard L. R 51st P.O. Box 7926, Woodbridge, VA 22195 (571) 264-9983 (703) 730-1380BaCote, Mamye E. D 95th P. O. Box 5154, Newport News, VA 23605 (757) 244-4415 (757) 838-4321Bell, Richard P. R 20th P.O. Box 239, Staunton, VA 24402 (540) 448-3999 (540) 448-4763Bell, Robert B. R 58th 2309 Finch Court, Charlottesville, VA 22911 (434) 245-8900 (434) 975-0902Brink, Robert H. D 48th P.O. Box 7668, Arlington, VA 22207 (703) 531-1048 (703) 346-8707Bulova, David L. D 37th P.O. Box 106, Fairfax Station, VA 22039 (703) 310-6752 (703) 273-3557Byron, Kathy J. R 22nd 523 Leesville Road, Lynchburg, VA 24502 (434) 582-1592 (434) 385-7393Carr, Betsy B. D 69th P.O. Box 406, Richmond, VA 23218 (804) 698-1069 (804) 355-6852Cline, Benjamin L. R 24th P.O. Box 1405, Amherst, VA 24521 (434) 946-9908 (540) 463-4422Cole, Mark L. R 88th P.O. Box 41965, Fredericksburg, VA 22404- (540) 786-3402 (540) 786-3686 1965Comstock, Barbara J. R 34th P.O. Box 6156, McLean, VA 22106 (703) 772-7168 (703) 356-9124Cosgrove, John A. R 78th P.O. Box 15483, Chesapeake, VA 23328 (757) 547-3422 (757) 436-7439Cox, John A. R 55th 10451 Dow-Gil Road, Ashland, VA 23005 (804) 365-9000 (804) 798-1888Cox, M. Kirkland R 66th P.O. Box 1205, Colonial Heights, VA 23834 (804) 526-5135 (804) 520-2797Crockett-Stark, Anne R 6th P.O. Box 628, Wytheville, VA 24382 (276) 227-0247 (276) 228-5614B.Dance, Rosalyn R. D 63rd P.O. Box 2584, Petersburg, VA 23804 (804) 862-2922 (804) 861-3314Dudenhefer, L. Mark R 2nd P.O. Box 1570, Stafford, VA 22555 (703) 403-9710Edmunds, James E., II R 60th P.O. Box 1115, Halifax, VA 24558 (434) 476-0077 (434) 572-4002Englin, David L. D 45th City Hall, 301 King Street, Box 65, Alexandria, (703) 549-3203 (703) 549-0569 VA 22314Fariss, C. Matthew R 59th 243-C Livestock Road, Rustburg, VA 24588 (434) 821-5929 (434) 821-2422Farrell, Peter F. R 56th P.O. Box 87, Richmond, VA 23218 (804) 644-0266Filler-Corn, Eileen D 41st P.O. Box 523082, Springfield, VA 22152 (571) 249-3453 (703) 569-7764Garrett, T. Scott R 23rd 2255 Langhorne Road, Suite 4, Lynchburg, VA (434) 455-0243 (434) 384-0445 24501Gilbert, C. Todd R 15th P.O. Box 309, Woodstock, VA 22664 (540) 459-7550 (540) 459-7580Greason, Thomas A. R 32nd 19309 Winmeade Drive Box 427, Lansdowne, (703) 203-3203 (703) 726-2189 VA 20176Habeeb, Gregory D. R 8th P.O. Box 882, Salem, VA 24153 (540) 915-2962Head, Christopher T. R 17th P.O. Box 19130, Roanoke, VA 24019 (540) 283-2839 (540) 966-3282Helsel, Gordon C., Jr. R 91st P. O. Box 2571, Poquoson, VA 23662 (757) 969-9036 (757) 880-0755Herring, Charniele L. D 46th P.O. Box 11779, Alexandria, VA 22312 (703) 606-9705 (703) 658-2305Hodges, M. Keith R 98th P.O. Box 928, Urbanna, VA 23175 (804) 277-9801 (804) 758-0211Hope, Patrick A. D 47th P.O. Box 3148, Arlington, VA 22203 (703) 486-1010 (703) 528-8956Howell, Algie T., Jr. D 90th P.O. Box 12865, Norfolk, VA 23541 (757) 466-7525 (757) 461-3788Howell, William J. R 28th P.O. Box 8296, Fredericksburg, VA 22404 (540) 371-1612 (540) 373-7402Hugo, Timothy D. R 40th P.O. Box 893, Centreville, VA 20122 (703) 968-4101 (703) 968-2594Iaquinto, Salvatore R. R 84th P.O. Box 56437, Virginia Beach, VA 23456 (757) 430-0102 (757) 430-2882Ingram, Riley E. R 62nd 3302 Oaklawn Boulevard, Hopewell, VA 23860 (804) 458-9873 (804) 458-2823James, Matthew D 80th P.O. Box 7487, Portsmouth, VA 23707 (757) 967-7583 (757) 488-0592Joannou, Johnny S. D 79th 709 Court Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704 (757) 399-1700 (757) 399-1700Johnson, Joseph P., Jr. D 4th 164 East Valley Street, Abingdon, VA 24210 (276) 628-9940 (276) 628-3954Jones, S. Chris R 76th P.O. Box 5059, Suffolk, VA 23435 (757) 483-6242 (757) 238-3667Keam, Mark L. D 35th P.O. Box 1134, Vienna, VA 22183-1134 (703) 350-3911 (703) 242-0884 17
  19. 19. VIRGINIA GENERAL ASSEMBLY Kilgore, Terry G. R 1st P.O. Box 669, Gate City, VA 24251 (276) 386-7011 (276) 452-2578 Knight, Barry D. R 81st 1852 Mill Landing Road, Virginia Beach, VA (757) 426-6387 (757) 426-7741 23457 Kory, Kaye D 38th 6505 Waterway Drive, Falls Church, VA 22044 (703) 354-6024 (703) 354-3591 Landes, R. Steven R 25th P.O. Box 12, Verona, VA 24482 (540) 245-5540 (540) 234-9602 LeMunyon, James M. R 67th P.O. Box 220962, Chantilly, VA 20153-0962 (703) 264-1432 (703) 264-1433 Lewis, Lynwood W., Jr. D 100th P.O. Box 760, Accomac, VA 23301 (757) 787-1094 (757) 787-5616 Lingamfelter, L. Scott R 31st 5420 Lomax Way, Woodbridge, VA 22193 (703) 580-1294 (703) 580-8899 Lopez, Alfonso H. D 49th P. O. Box 40366 , Arlington, VA 22204 (571) 336-2147 (571) 243-8717 Loupassi, G. M. R 68th 6002A West Broad Street, Suite 200, (804) 440-6223 (804) 359-1322 (Manoli) Richmond, VA 23230 Marshall, Daniel W., III R 14th P.O. Box 439, Danville, VA 24543 (434) 797-5861 (434) 797-4995 Marshall, Robert G. R 13th P.O. Box 421, Manassas, VA 20108 (703) 853-4213 (703) 368-6306 Massie, James P. R 72nd P.O. Box 29598, Richmond, VA 23242 (804) 377-0100 (804) 740-7336 (Jimmie), III May, Joe T. R 33rd P.O. Box 2146, Leesburg, VA 20177 (703) 777-1191 (703) 777-9484 McClellan, Jennifer L. D 71st P.O. Box 406, Richmond, VA 23218 (804) 698-1171 (804) 340-2629 McQuinn, Delores L. D 70th P.O. Box 406, Richmond, VA 23218 (804) 698-1070 (804) 222-1574 Merricks, Donald W. R 16th PO Box K, Chatham, VA 24531 (434) 432-3370 (434) 724-2157 Miller, Jackson H. R 50th P.O. Box 10072, Manassas, VA 20108 (703) 244-6172 (703) 365-7718 Minchew, J. Randall R 10th P.O. Box 385, Leesburg, VA 20178 (703) 777-1570 (703) 777-2139 Morefield, James W. R 3rd P.O. Box 828, North Tazewell, VA 24630 (276) 345-4300 (940-782-1981) (Will) Morris, Richard L. R 64th P.O. Box 128, Carrollton, VA 23314 (757) 773-1645 (757) 331-0622 Morrissey, Joseph D. D 74th P. O. Box 406, Richmond, VA 23218 (804) 698-1074 (804) 795-9500 OBannon, John M., III R 73rd P.O. Box 70365, Richmond, VA 23255 (804) 282-8640 (804) 288-5451 OQuinn, Israel D. R 5th P.O. Box 16325, Bristol, VA 24209 Orrock, Robert D., Sr. R 54th P.O. Box 458, Thornburg, VA 22565 (540) 891-1322 (540) 448-3914 Peace, Christopher K. R 97th P.O. Box 819, Mechanicsville, VA 23111 (804) 730-3737 (804) 559-8039 Plum, Kenneth R. D 36th 2073 Cobblestone Lane, Reston, VA 20191 (703) 758-9733 (703) 391-2978 Pogge, Brenda L. R 96th P.O. Box 1386, Yorktown, VA 23692 (757) 223-9690 (757) 741-2079 Poindexter, Charles D. R 9th P. O. Box 117, Glade Hill, VA 24092 (540) 576-2600 (540) 489-8484 Purkey, Harry R. R 82nd 2352 Leeward Shore Drive, Virginia Beach, VA (757) 481-1493 (757) 481-0724 23451 Putney, Lacey E. I 19th P.O. Box 127, Bedford, VA 24523 (540) 586-0080 (540) 586-9300 ext. 1 Ramadan, David I. R 87th 25050 Riding Plaza, #130-650, South Riding, (703) 348-7015 (703) 945-1741 VA 20152 Ransone, Margaret B. R 99th P.O. Box 358, Kinsale, VA 22488 (804) 493-8484 (804) 472-4834 Robinson, Roxann L. R 27th 9409 Hull Street Road Suite F-1 Rockwood (804) 308-1534 (804) 276-1346 Office Park, Richmond, VA 23236 Rush, Nick R 7th P.O. Box 1591, Christiansburg, VA 24068 (540) 381-2174 Rust, Thomas Davis R 86th 730 Elden Street, Herndon, VA 20170 (703) 437-9400 (703) 437-5410 Scott, Edward T. R 30th 206 S. Main Street, Suite 203, Culpeper, VA (540) 825-6400 (540) 547-3031 22701 Scott, James M. D 53rd P.O. Box 359, Merrifield, VA 22116 (703) 560-8338 (703) 560-2834 Sherwood, Beverly J. R 29th P.O. Box 2014, Winchester, VA 22604 (540) 667-8947 (540) 667-8840 Sickles, Mark D. D 43rd P.O. Box 10628, Franconia, VA 22310 (703) 922-6440 (703) 608-2837 Spruill, Lionell, Sr. D 77th P.O. Box 5403, Chesapeake, VA 23324 (757) 424-2178 (757) 420-0918 Stolle, Christopher P. R 83rd P.O. Box 5429, Virginia Beach, VA 23471 (757) 633-2080 (757) 496-0019 Surovell, Scott A. D 44th P.O. Box 289, Mount Vernon, VA 22121 (571) 249-4484 (703) 765-8115 Tata, Robert R 85th 4536 Gleneagle Drive, Virginia Beach, VA (757) 340-3510 (757) 499-2490 23462 Torian, Luke E. D 52nd 4222 Fortuna Plaza, Suite 659, Dumfries, VA (703) 785-2224 (703) 730-6353 22025 Toscano, David J. D 57th 211 E. High Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902 (434) 220-1660 (434) 296-0981 Tyler, Roslyn C. D 75th 25359 Blue Star Highway, Jarratt, VA 23867 (434) 336-1710 (434) 246-4246 Villanueva, Ronald A. R 21st P.O. Box 61005 , Virginia Beach, VA 23466 (757) 216-3883 (757) 523-9393 Ward, Jeion A. D 92nd P.O. Box 7310, Hampton, VA 23666 (757) 827-5921 (757) 827-192818
  20. 20. 2012Ware, Onzlee D 11th 325 North Jefferson Street, Roanoke, VA (540) 344-7410 (540) 342-7773 24016Ware, R. Lee, Jr. R 65th P.O. Box 689, Powhatan, VA 23139 (804) 598-6696 (804) 598-4539Watson, Michael B. R 93rd P.O. Box 6628, Williamsburg, VA 23188 (757) 645-5298 (757) 565-2933Watts, Vivian E. D 39th 8717 Mary Lee Lane, Annandale, VA 22003 (703) 978-2989 (703) 978-2989Webert, Michael J. R 18th P.O. Box 631, Marshall, VA 20116 (540) 999-8218 (540) 364-6128Wilt, Tony O. R 26th P.O. Box 1425, Harrisonburg, VA 22803 (540) 437-1450 (540) 896-9376Wright, Thomas C., Jr. R 61st P.O. Box 1323, Victoria, VA 23974 (434) 696-3061 (434) 696-2822Yancey, David E. R 94th P.O. Box 1163, Newport News, VA 23601 (757) 897-3953 (757) 344-6681Yost, Joseph R. R 12th P.O. Box 621, Blacksburg, VA 24063 (540) 577-4984 (540) 921-7708 Revised 1-23-12 Please visit the Virginia General Assembly website, http://legis.virginia.gov, for revised lists. 19
  21. 21. VIRGINIA GENERAL ASSEMBLY As of 1/11/2012 HOUSE OF DELEGATES 2012 SESSION STANDING COMMITTEES AGRICULTURE, CHESAPEAKE AND NATURAL RESOURCES Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. - House Room C Sherwood (Chair) Marshall, D.W. Wilt Plum James Ware, R.L. Poindexter Morefield Lewis Torian Wright Pogge Webert Bulova Orrock Knight Ransone Sickles Scott, E.T. (Vice Chair) Edmunds Fariss Englin Clerk: Barbara L. Teague APPROPRIATIONS Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, ½ hour after adjournment - Appropriations Room Putney (Chair) Cox, M.K. (Vice Chair) Poindexter Scott, J.M. BaCote Tata Landes Massie Joannou Dance Ingram Jones Scott, E.T. Brink May OBannon Peace Ware, O. Sherwood Lingamfelter Greason Howell, A.T. Clerk: John Shelhorse and David Schulteis COMMERCE AND LABOR Tuesday and Thursday, ½ hour after adjournment - House Room D Kilgore (Chair) Rust Loupassi Johnson Lewis Purkey Marshall, D.W. Cosgrove Joannou Tyler Byron Cline Bell, R.B. Alexander Ware, R.L. (Vice Chair) Miller Comstock McClellan Hugo Merricks Habeeb Ward Clerk: Terry Lynn COUNTIES, CITIES AND TOWNS Friday, 8:30 a.m. - House Room D Ingram (Chair) Poindexter Stolle Spruill Kory Marshall, R.G. Merricks LeMunyon Ware, O. Torian Marshall, D.W. (Vice Chair) Knight Wilt McQuinn Iaquinto Morefield Morris Howell, A.T. Crockett-Stark Edmunds Hodges Surovell Clerk: Annie Johnson COURTS OF JUSTICE Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, ½ hour after adjournment - House Room C Albo (Chair) Gilbert Farrell Toscano Kilgore Miller Minchew Herring Bell, R.B. (Vice Chair) Loupassi Morris McClellan Cline Villanueva Johnson Iaquinto Habeeb Watts Clerk: Christine McCormick EDUCATION Monday, 9:00 a.m. - House Room C and Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. - Appropriations Room Tata (Chair) Pogge LeMunyon Alexander Morrissey Landes (Vice Chair) Massie Robinson Ware, O. Keam Lingamfelter Greason Yost McClellan Rust Bell, R.P. Yancey Tyler Cole Stolle Dudenhefer Bulova Clerk: Becky Cottrell FINANCE Monday, 8:30 a.m. and Wednesday, ½ hour after adjournment - House Room D Purkey (Chair) Hugo (Vice Chair) Villanueva Johnson James Orrock Cline Pogge Watts Carr Ware, R.L. Marshall, R.G. Bell, R.P. Lewis Byron Anderson OQuinn Englin Cole Garrett Head Keam Clerk: Miriam Blackmon20
  22. 22. 2012As of 1/11/2012 GENERAL LAWS Tuesday, 9:00 a.m. and Thursday, ½ hour after adjournment - House Room C Jones (Chair) Peace Cox, J.A. Ward Torian Albo Anderson Helsel Dance McQuinn Wright Greason Farrell Bulova Iaquinto (Vice Chair) Knight Watson James Gilbert LeMunyon Rush Carr Clerk: George Cain HEALTH, WELFARE AND INSTITUTIONS Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - House Room D Orrock (Chair) Pogge Robinson Spruill Morrissey OBannon (Vice Chair) Merricks Helsel Sickles Hope Bell, R.B. Bell, R.P. Yost Howell, A.T. Peace Garrett Ransone BaCote Crockett-Stark Stolle Hodges Englin Clerk: Becky Clarke MILITIA, POLICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY Friday, 9:00 a.m. - House Room C Lingamfelter (Chair) Merricks Morris Lewis Kory Sherwood Morefield Fariss Tyler Lopez Wright (Vice Chair) Edmunds OQuinn Filler-Corn Cline Wilt Head Hope Gilbert Webert Rush Surovell Clerk: Betty Russo PRIVILEGES AND ELECTIONS Friday, 9:30 a.m. - Appropriations Room Cole (Chair) Cosgrove Hugo Scott, J.M. Dance Putney OBannon Cox, J.A. Alexander Spruill Ingram Bell, R.B. Ramadan Joannou Jones Miller (Vice Chair) Ransone Sickles Albo Landes OQuinn Howell, A.T. Clerk: Marjorie Hrouda RULES Tuesday, 4:00 p.m. - Speakers Conference Room Howell, W.J. (Chair) Kilgore Orrock Johnson Putney Ware, R.L. Gilbert (Vice Chair) Plum Landes Sherwood Knight Alexander Cox, M.K. Jones Joannou Clerk: G. Paul Nardo SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. - House Room D Byron (Chair) Cosgrove Robinson Watts Kory May Scott, E.T. Helsel Toscano Lopez Purkey Crockett-Stark Ramadan Plum Marshall, R.G. Comstock Watson Herring Rust (Vice Chair) Anderson Dudenhefer Surovell Clerk: William L. Owen TRANSPORTATION Tuesday, ½ hour after adjournment and Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - House Room C May (Chair) Tata Habeeb Ward Carr Cosgrove (Vice Chair) Villanueva Anderson BaCote Filler-Corn Rust Comstock Minchew Brink Hugo Garrett Yancey Toscano Scott, E.T. Cox, J.A. Dudenhefer McQuinn Clerk: Claude W. Harrison Location of House Committee Rooms Rooms C and D Appropriations Room Speakers Conference Room First Floor - East Lobby Ninth Floor Sixth Floor General Assembly Building General Assembly Building General Assembly Building G. Paul Nardo Clerk, House of Delegates 21
  23. 23. VIRGINIA GENERAL ASSEMBLYT HE H OUSE OF D ELEGATES S EATING C HARTMEMBER NAME SEAT NUMBER MEMBER NAME SEAT NUMBERAlbo, David B. ....................................... 59 Lopez, Alfonso H. .................................... 1Alexander, Kenneth C. .......................... 22 Loupassi, G. M. (Manoli) ....................... 98Anderson, Richard L. ............................ 38 Marshall, Daniel W., III .......................... 34BaCote, Mamye E. .................................. 8 Marshall, Robert G. ............................... 91Bell, Richard P. ..................................... 65 Massie, James P. (Jimmie), III ............... 85Bell, Robert B. ...................................... 60 May, Joe T. ........................................... 53Brink, Robert H. .................................... 16 McClellan, Jennifer L. ............................ 15Bulova, David L. .................................... 20 McQuinn, Delores L. ............................. 13Byron, Kathy J. ..................................... 48 Merricks, Donald W. .............................. 33Carr, Betsy B. ....................................... 12 Miller, Jackson H. .................................. 97Cline, Benjamin L. ................................. 66 Minchew, J. Randall .............................. 77Cole, Mark L. ........................................ 94 Morefield, James W. (Will) ..................... 64Comstock, Barbara J. ............................ 52 Morrissey, Joseph D. ............................. 36Cosgrove, John A. ................................. 69 Morris, Richard L. ................................. 63Cox, John A. ......................................... 26 O’Bannon, John M., III .......................... 46Cox, M. Kirkland ................................... 75 O’Quinn, Israel D. ................................. 37Crockett-Stark, Anne B. ......................... 55 Orrock, Robert D., Sr. ............................ 54Dance, Rosalyn R. ................................ 30 Peace, Christopher K. ........................... 45Dudenhefer, L. Mark .............................. 39 Plum, Kenneth R. .................................. 35Edmunds, James E., II .......................... 57 Pogge, Brenda L. .................................. 87Englin, David L. ...................................... 5 Poindexter, Charles D. ......................... 47Fariss, C. Matthew ................................ 84 Purkey, Harry R. .................................... 71Farrell, Peter F. ..................................... 62 Putney, Lacey E. ................................... 67Filler-Corn, Eileen ................................. 17 Ramadan, David I. ................................ 90Garrett, T. Scott .................................... 80 Ransone, Margaret B. ........................... 56Gilbert, C. Todd ..................................... 72 Robinson, Roxann L. ............................. 81Greason, Thomas A. ............................. 61 Rush, L. Nick ........................................ 32Habeeb, Gregory D. .............................. 83 Rust, Thomas Davis .............................. 51Head, Christopher T. ............................. 78 Scott, Edward T. .................................... 68Helsel, Gordon C., Jr. ............................ 27 Scott, James M. .................................... 42Herring, Charniele L. ............................. 31 Sherwood, Beverly J. ............................ 50Hodges, M. Keith .................................. 28 Sickles, Mark D. .................................... 21Hope, Patrick A. ...................................... 7 Spruill, Lionell, Sr. ................................. 43Howell, Algie T., Jr. ................................ 19 Stolle, Christopher P. ............................ 99Howell, William J. .................................. 79 Surovell, Scott A. .................................. 10Hugo, Timothy D. .................................. 96 Tata, Robert .......................................... 70Iaquinto, Salvatore R. ............................ 95 Torian, Luke E. ........................................ 2Ingram, Riley E. .................................... 41 Toscano, David J. .................................... 4James, Matthew .................................... 11 Tyler, Roslyn C. .................................... 14Joannou, Johnny S. .............................. 23 Villanueva, Ronald A. ............................ 29Johnson, Joseph P., Jr. ......................... 25 Ward, Jeion A. ........................................ 9Jones, S. Chris ..................................... 92 Ware, Onzlee ........................................ 44Keam, Mark L. ........................................ 6 Ware, R. Lee, Jr. ................................... 49Kilgore, Terry G. .................................... 74 Watson, Michael B. ............................... 86Knight, Barry D. .................................... 40 Watts, Vivian E. .................................... 24Kory, Kaye .............................................. 3 Webert, Michael J. ................................ 88Landes, R. Steven ................................. 73 Wilt, Tony O. ....................................... 100LeMunyon, James M. ............................ 58 Wright, Thomas C., Jr. ........................... 76Lewis, Lynwood W., Jr. .......................... 18 Yancey, David E. ................................... 89Lingamfelter, L. Scott ............................ 93 Yost, Joseph R. ..................................... 8222
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  25. 25. VIRGINIA GENERAL ASSEMBLYL EGISLATIVE T ERMSACTS OF ASSEMBLYThose bills passed by the General Assembly and signed by the Governor. An act is given a number whichrepresents the numerical sequence in which the bill was signed. This number refers to the “chapter” of the Actsof Assembly, i.e. Senate Bill 79 became Chapter 23 of the Acts of Assembly, being the twenty-third bill signedinto law by the Governor. After the session, all acts are bound into volumes referred to as the Acts of Assembly.Joint resolutions amending the Constitution of Virginia are also assigned a Chapter number, but are not signedby the Governor, and are placed in the Acts of Assembly.ADJOURNMENTTermination of a session for that day, with the hour and day of the next meeting being set prior toadjournment.ADJOURNMENT SINE DIEThe final adjournment of the legislative Session. The Latin translation is without a day, an indefinite period.AMENDMENTA change made to legislation in committee or on the chamber floor that adds to, revises, or deletes languagefrom the legislation.AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTEA substantive redrafting of legislation that incorporates the changes in a new version referred to as a“substitute.” An amendment in the nature of a substitute may be proposed by a standing committee, amember on the chamber floor, conference committee, or Governor.BIENNIUMA two-year term of legislative activity, usually used in association with the budget.BILLA proposal to amend, repeal or add sections to the Code of Virginia or Acts of Assembly.BUDGET BILLRecommended appropriations of state revenue presented by the Governor to the GeneralAssembly for its consideration during the legislative Session.BY REQUESTA member may add “by request” to his/her name when introducing a bill, which indicates that the bill has beenintroduced at the request of a constituent, a governmental agency, or an organization.CALENDARThe daily printed agenda of business for each house. The Calendar also contains scheduledcommittee meetings and public hearings.24
  26. 26. 2012CAUCUSAn informal meeting of a group of members, most often called on the basis of party affiliation or regionalrepresentation.CHAPTERA bill passed and signed into law by the Governor. The term also applies to constitutional amendments passedby the General Assembly and to bills passed notwithstanding the Governor’s objections or amendments.CHARTER BILLLegislation relating to powers of counties, cities, and towns specifically granted by the General Assembly.Charters and changes thereto, are not codified and are found only in the Acts of Assembly.CODE OF VIRGINIAA compilation of laws of the Commonwealth that is arranged alphabetically by subject, with each subjectheading being referred to as a “Title.”COMMITTEEA group of legislators from the Senate or the House of Delegates organized for the purpose of considering anddeciding on the disposition of a bill or resolution. Committee Actions CARRY OVER (CONTINUE)—Action which removes the measure from consideration during an even- numbered year Session and provides for its reconsideration at the next regular Session of the General Assembly. No bill may be carried over in an odd-numbered year Session. A carry-over bill retains its assigned bill number in the odd-numbered year Session. FAIL TO REPORT (DEFEAT)—The committee rejects a motion to report a bill to the full house. INCORPORATE—The committee incorporates one or more bills into another. NO ACTION TAKEN—The committee takes no formal action on a measure and the bill dies at the time of the committee deadline. PASS BY INDEFINITELY (PBI)—An unfavorable committee action to kill a measure, known as PBI. However, a bill may be passed by indefinitely at one committee meeting and reconsidered by the committee at the next meeting upon a motion made by a member who voted on the prevailing side to PBI the bill. If enough votes are changed, the bill may be reactivated and sent to the floor. REPORT—The majority of the committee approves the bill and it is reported to the floor. The bill may be reported three ways: without amendment(s), with amendment(s), or with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. A bill may also be reported and referred to another committee. REREFERRAL—The majority of the committee deems it necessary for another committee to consider the legislation. (See Rereferral from the floor.) STRIKE—The bill is removed from the docket. This action frequently occurs at the request of the patron. 25
  27. 27. VIRGINIA GENERAL ASSEMBLYCOMMITTEE DOCKETA list prepared by the committee clerk of all legislation pending before a standing committee or subcommittee.The order in which bills are taken up is determined by the Committee Chair.COMPOSITEA photograph made by combining two or more separate photographs.CONFERENCE COMMITTEEA group of legislators, usually six, although the number may be increased, taken from the Senate and House ofDelegates, who meet to resolve the differences between the versions of a specific bill as passed by theirrespective bodies.CONSTITUENTA citizen residing within the district of a legislator.DILLON RULERestricts the authority of local governments with the respect to the enactment of ordinances. Localgovernments only have powers granted by the Constitution of Virginia and/or passed by the General Assembly.This authority is found in the Constitution of Virginia Article VII, Section 3.DIVISIONA method of voting; a request that members stand or raise hands to be counted when the outcome of a voicevote is unclear or in dispute.EFFECTIVE DATEDate on which a Chapter of the Acts of Assembly becomes a law. Laws become effective July 1 in the year theyare passed, unless otherwise specified. Laws passed at a Special Session become effective on the first day ofthe fourth month following adjournment, unless otherwise specified.EMERGENCY CLAUSESpecifies a date other than July 1 for legislation to be effective. The effective date of legislation with anemergency clause is the date when signed by the Governor.ENGROSSEDA state in the legislative process when a bill passes the second reading in the house of origin. If amended, theengrossed version of the legislation is printed incorporating all amendments that are agreed to. If not amended,the introduced version of the legislation becomes the engrossed bill, and if an amendment in the nature of asubstitute is agreed to, the substitute becomes the engrossed bill.ENROLLEDLegislation which has passed both the Senate and House of Delegates. It has been signed by the President ofthe Senate and Speaker of the House and has been sent to the Governor, but not yet signed. If signed by theGovernor, the bill becomes a law and a Chapter of the Acts of Assembly.26
  28. 28. 2012FLOOR LEADERRefers to the majority or minority leadership in each house.GERMANENESSThe relevance or appropriateness of amendments or substitutes relative to whether the topics of theamendments or substitutes is relevant to the topic of the legislation being amended. Bills considered by theGeneral assembly shall contain only one topic. (See Constitution Article IV, Section 12.)INTERIMThe interval between annual Sessions.JOURNALThe compilation of legislative actions and proceedings of the Senate and House of Delegates which arepublished by their respective Clerk’s office. The Journal is the official record of each legislative body.LEAVE OF ABSENCEPermission granted to a member to be absent for a day.LEGISLATIVE INTENTThe purpose for which a measure is introduced and/or passed.LEGISLATORAn elected member of a legislative body.LEGISLATURE (GENERAL ASSEMBLY)The branch of state government responsible for enacting laws.LOBBYISTA person who represents a particular interest or group of interests before the General Assembly.MAJORITY LEADERA member of the majority party designated to be its floor leader.MAJORITY PARTYThe political party having the greater number of members in either house of the legislature.MINORITY LEADERA member of the minority party designated to be its floor leader.MINORITY PARTYThe political party having the fewer number of members in either house of the legislature.MORNING HOURA period at the beginning of each day’s Session when members may introduce distinguished visitors to theircolleagues, introduce legislation or speak on any subject by asking for a “Point of Personal Privilege.” In theSenate, members may speak on a Point of Personal Privilege only after the Calendar has been considered. 27
  29. 29. VIRGINIA GENERAL ASSEMBLYPARLIAMENTARY INQUIRYA question posed to the presiding officer for clarification of a point in the proceedings.PATRONA legislator who introduces a specific piece of legislation. Other legislators may show their support bysigning on as co-patrons.READINGThe presentation of a bill before either house requiring the reading and printing of the bill title. This formalprocedure is required by the Constitution and the Rules of each house and indicates to the legislators andthe public a stage in the enactment of a measure. The Constitution requires that bills receive threereadings or three printings by title on three different days in each house, unless readings are waived.REAPPORTIONMENTA redrawing of legislative district boundaries every ten years to provide equality of representationaccording to population.RECOMMITTALIn the Senate, this is the reassignment of legislation to the last committee that considered it.RECONSIDERATIONA motion which, when granted, results in another vote annulling or reaffirming an action previously taken.Such a motion may be offered only by a member having voted previously on the prevailing side.RECONVENED SESSIONA Session held on the sixth Wednesday after adjournment of each regular or special Session when thelegislature meets to consider and act on bills vetoed by the Governor and bills with recommendations bythe Governor. (See Article 4, Section 6 and Article V, Section 6 of the Constitution of Virginia.)REFERENDUMA method by which a measure adopted by the legislature may be submitted to the voters.REFERRALThe assignment of legislation to a committee. In the Senate, referral is done by the Clerk of the Senate. Inthe House of Delegates, it is done by the Speaker of the House.REREFERRALIn the Senate, this is the action on a measure taken by a committee of the Senate or House of Delegateswhich sends that measure to another committee for consideration. It is done by the committee that isconsidering it or by a member from the floor. In the House of Delegates, this is the reassignment oflegislation to the last committee that considered it.28
  30. 30. 2012RESOLUTIONLegislation which requests a study or expresses legislative opinion or sentiment on a particular issue.Resolutions do not have the force of law and do not require the signature of the Governor. Constitutionalamendments are signed by the presiding officer of each house and are assigned chapter numbers.SESSIONThe period of time for which the legislature officially convenes. In even-numbered years, the Session meetsfor 60 days; in odd-numbered years it meets for 30 days. The Session may be extended for a maximum of30 days. The odd-numbered year Sessions are usually extended to 46 days.STANDING COMMITTEESRegular committees of the legislature set up to perform certain legislative functions, and to considerlegislation regarding certain areas of the law.SUBCOMMITTEEA group of legislators who are members of a standing committee selected by the Committee Chair toconsider certain categories of bills. Subcommittees make recommendations to the full committee.SUNSETThe expiration date of a legislative measure.VETOAction by which the Governor refuses to sign legislation passed by the General Assembly. The Governorreturns the vetoed bill to its house of origin. A 2/3 vote of each body is required to overturn a veto.VOTEFormal expression of will or decision by the legislative body.VOTE, EN BLOCThe disposition of several items, such as a series of bills or amendments, by taking one vote.VOTE, RECORDEDA roll call vote in which each member electronically votes yea, nay, or abstain. The vote is recorded in theJournal of each legislative body.VOTE, VOICEOral expression of the members when a question is submitted for their determination. Response is givenby “yeas” and “nays,” and the presiding officer states his/her decision as to which side prevails.YIELDThe relinquishing of the floor by one member to another member to speak or ask a question during debate. 29
  31. 31. L EGISLATIVE I NFORMATION C ONTACTS Please visit our website at http://virginia.legis.gov or contact us:Legislative Information and Constituent Services (LINCS) Legislative Education and Development (LEAD) Senate of Virginia House of Delegates PO Box 396 PO Box 406 Richmond, VA 23218 Richmond, VA 23218 (804) 698-7410 (808) 698-1500 Toll Free (888) 892-6948 Toll Free 1-877-391-FACT information@senate.virginia.gov LEAD@house.virginia.gov30

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